Pollution in Cebu, Philippines

Air pollution data from World Health Organization Info
PM10 Pollution Level: High

Pollution in Cebu, Philippines

Air Pollution
75.00 High
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility
52.56 Moderate
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal
75.32 High
Dirty and Untidy
74.68 High
Noise and Light Pollution
65.67 High
Water Pollution
81.25 Very High
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City
72.81 High
Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City
68.83 High

Purity and Cleanliness in Cebu, Philippines

Air quality
25.00 Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility
47.44 Moderate
Garbage Disposal Satisfaction
24.68 Low
Clean and Tidy
25.32 Low
Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights
34.33 Low
Water Quality
18.75 Very Low
Comfortable to Spend Time in the City
27.19 Low
Quality of Green and Parks
31.17 Low

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Last update: September 2021

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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2 Comments so far
Jim Ashby on Nov 21, 2019:
PerJohn Kay's comment, my experience differs on two points: crime and Cebu City's future.

Crime is a major problem here; not just for tourists but for locals too. There's a good reason why virtually all homes here are protected by barb wire on their fences/perimeter and bars on their windows or guards at community gates. As my servants and family members can attest from personal experience, armed robbery is commonplace. So are burglaries. Pickpockets are everywhere and many (most?) folk are eventually victimized by them.

I've faced down a trio of street thugs and I've thwarted thieves attempting to scale my fence and invade my property -- but only because I am twice their size. My home was burglarized 3 times before I fortified it with razor wire. On separate occasions, two drug addicts have been shot in front of my house and one of them died. A cab driver crashed into my retaining wall after being stabbed by his passenger. And this all happened in a normal residential neighborhood.

Criminals do favor weaker, smaller, victims, so being big and tall is a definite advantage here.

As for Cebu City's future, you said that (and I quote): "Cebu will only get better in the coming years." I've lived here over 13 years now and have watched traffic, pollution and crime get progressively worse. There's next to no city planning here: there's no room to expand roads and endemic government corruption assures progress will be painstakingly slow. Water utilities are a joke: no water pressure and new service requests are usually denied (as it is in my case). I had to have my water well extended because the water level dropped too low. The Philippines has the third-most-expensive electric service in all of Asia.

With air conditioning and cheap taxi/Grab service, life here can be pretty good. But you need enough money to fortify your home and pay high
electricity bills. With the low cost of living here, the tradeoffs above are acceptable to some, like me. But it's certainly not for everyone.
Jon on Jun 28, 2018:
I've been living in Cebu for several years now. As others have mentioned, it is very polluted in the city, and the air quality is pretty bad unless there is a breeze, which helps. Certainly there are some industrial sources of the pollution but mainly you see older trucks and jeepneys just spewing black diesel smoke out the tailpipe, filling the air with particulates that are very harmful to those nearby. Sometimes it is so thick that it obscures the vehicle, and in the case of the jeepneys, they stop and go constantly, so when they take off again.. more black smoke.

This type of pollution is known to be carcinogenic, and such vehicles would be taken off the road in any other civilized country. There have been attempts to replace the jeepneys with clean buses but the drivers union always stands in the way. It's ironic since they breathe the same air. Sadly, most schools are also along the main roads, so the kids are breathing this and many people have asthma. As in other developing countries, there are also a lot of cooking fires in the evening that also add to the smoke and haze, making it very murky.

In addition to this issue of air pollution, the creeks and estuaries are filled with garbage that has washed downstream or been dumped, and many streets also have trash alongside the road. The people just throw the garbage and don't seem to care. Yes, I see it all the time. Of course it is more difficult when there are no trash cans and few dumpsters, but if they cared it seems they would demand that something be done about these issues. Hopefully they will.